It must be weird for Jeet to be in Tampa without his best bud. He and JoPo not only came up in the farm system together. They ate every meal together, went for coffee together, hung out. When I was on the road for the “She-Fan” book in ’07, I used to see them all the time. They were nearly inseparable.
So it was only natural that the writers would ask The Captain at today’s press conference how it felt to be Posada-less. Via Lohud:
“It’s awkward. I think that’s the better way to put it, just because you’re so used to seeing someone. With Andy, he was the dumb one of the group that left and went to Houston for a few years. We sorta got used to him not being here. Jorge, probably it hasn’t hit me yet. In spring training, pitchers and catchers are on a different schedule anyway, so you really don’t see people too often. That’ll be a tough one, because as everyone knows, we were together all the time. But yeah, it is kinda weird when you’re used to playing with someone. I’ve played with these guys since I’ve been 18 years old. When they’re not there, it’s kinda awkward. But you’ve got to move on. You have no choice.”
I loved his quip about Pettitte. The “dumb one.” LOL. What’s he going to say next season when Mo’s gone too?
I know, I know. I’m getting way ahead of myself.
Meanwhile, with the position players in camp today (most of them), it feels like baseball for real. Yay.